The Baby Naming Rule You Can't Afford to Break

alphabetParenting would be a whole lot easier if we knew from the get-go that we were setting our kids up for a successful life. Sure, you can love them and feed them and clothe them and play with them, but what if there was just ONE thing that made all the difference? Maybe there is. Would you believe it could come down to how you name your baby?

Sounds pretty far-fetched? Well, you don't have to take our word for it! Psychologists Wijnand A.P. Van Tilburg of the University of Southampton and Eric R. Igou of the University of Limerick have come up with one simple baby naming rule you can't afford to ignore!

Are you ready for this?

Give your baby a middle name! Hey, we said it was simple, didn't we?

According to the study published in the European Journal of Social Psychology, when people use their middle initial, it makes people think more highly of you. In other words -- if you give your kid a middle name to use, it will help them get more respect.

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Now this is some news Rodney Dangerfield coulda used!

The best part of this study is that it doesn't matter WHAT middle name you give your child -- because it's really just about the first letter. So if you are one of those parents who give their kiddo a "normal" first name but go a little quirky for the second moniker, you're all good. You can still let your freak flag fly a little bit when you're picking the middle name because your kid can hide behind that one consonant or vowel.

If you're the type of parents who struggled so much over the first name that you've decided it's not worth the fight to come up with a second one, however, might we suggest you get back to the drawing board? Your baby's future is depending on you!

How are you picking a middle name?


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tinks... tinkstar1308

I gave both of my boys family passed down middle names it was a great way to honor my family members while still giving my children a first name me and husband liked


I wonder if it holds if you give your kid an unusual first letter middle name - our youngest sons middle initial is "X" for Xavier. 

Freela Freela

Well, I guess my dh is out of luck, since he doesn't have a middle name.  He's still done quite well for himself though, so obviously it's not that big a deal.

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

I believe it. I don't have a middle name and it's a pain. Some websites require an entry in the middle initial field when registering. Once when buying a car the finance guy thought I was kidding about not having a middle name. A lot of people just don't believe you when you say you don't have a middle name.

nonmember avatar lizzie

All three of my kids have 2 middle names same as me ;)

nonmember avatar Nicole

Go with a full middle name. My mom has just a middle initial and it's a pain on forms. Local health dept called me twice to verify when I tried to order copies of my birth certificate.

Saskia Hehemann

my son's middle name is his biological father's first son has my last name and l just thought it would be nice to give him his birth father's first name as a middle name. if i'm ever gonna have more sons I'd give them their father's first name as their middle name.

Funnily enough there is no way l'd give my future daughter my first name as her middle name! strange but true. just doesn't sound right

amazz... amazzonia

I have a middle name and it's a pain in the ass if you have double citizenship because only americans use middle names! that's why I didn't want my daughters to go through what I went through, so no middle name....and btw only in usa women change their name when they get married!

Manth... Manthie717

I see a couple people saying they don't have a middle name. Why not get your name changed and get one??? In most states you can change your birth name at the age of consent to whatever you want.

Pam.N.42 Pam.N.42

@amazzonia, um thats not true. I know all English speaking countries do, because british people sure as hell have them. I know that its becoming more common to have them other places. My husband is from Norway and his sister gave her children middle names. There are many places that don't but it isn't just America. Also I know not only American's change their last name, what the heck are you talking about!? In many Asian countries, until very recently, the woman became a part of the man's family and not her own. I have no idea where you heard that.

Also my daughter's have middle names and duel citzenship and I have not run into any problems yet. Odd.

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